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"The performance is the solution's most valuable asset. It has one of the highest levels of performance I have ever seen. It's quite remarkable, in that sense.""The initial setup is simple and straightforward.""Active Memory Expansion allows you to compress your memory on the run time to allow you to have less physical memory available, but provision more memory to your partitions, as everything will be compressed on the fly.""The availability of a solution depends on the requirement of the customer. The most valuable feature is the virtualization. You can have this one system or you can use it for many. They were using almost 120 servers within that specific service.""I use the hypervisor of IBM Power Systems a lot.""The technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent.""Power Systems is like a dream solution for every IT person because it has redundancy, and it doesn't stop. It doesn't get affected easily. I don't see any weaknesses in this solution. At the moment, we have Power8. It is stable and runs smoothly. We have a big load, and it is working very well. It can be customized based on our needs. Flash copy is helping us amazingly. We have virtualization for vDisks, which is again very helpful. We are working on this virtualization technology, and we have a team that is working on redundancy and architecture.""What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available."

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"It is stable and easy to manage."

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"It would be ideal if the solution was more simple to work with.""Technical support and documentation need to be improved.""It does not offer the ability to run any X86 or X64 Intel architecture-based application on Power Systems. There are a lot of applications, lots of business use cases that do not support this architecture as of now. If somehow application tasks can be ported on to IBM Power Systems, that would be a big improvement.""The scalability process should be simplified.""Its price can be improved. It is too high.""IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive.""In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems. Sometimes, we have issues when we are moving to a new version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support.""The pricing of the product could always be lowered."

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"The shipment time can be improved. When we order Intel products, we have to wait for a long time. They can increase the local services and engineers in China. Local engineers will be able to know and understand customer problems much better."

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"The pricing is reasonable.""Its price is too high.""Its price depends on the sizing."

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Top Answer: We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level… more »
Top Answer: Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very… more »
Top Answer: IBM Power Systems is used for the core banking applications. We have accounts with financial enterprises in Egypt. We propose this solution if you are a bank, you are upgrading or migrating bank… more »
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IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.

Storage is simple with the Intel Storage System JBOD2000 family, a 2U form factor system with support for twelve 3.5" LFF or twenty-four 2.5" SFF drives with a single or multi-cable connectivity. The JBOD2000 family includes redundant, hot-swap fans and the option for redundant, hot-swap power supplies. The JBOD2000S2 products support 6Gb/s SAS/SATA connectivity via industry-standard SFF-8088 connectors with the latest JBOD2000S3 version supports up to 12 Gb/s SAS connectivity via industry standard SFF-8644 connectors. All these JBOD offerings are designed to provide highly available and easily expandable storage for Intel servers at an affordable price point.

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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm32%
Manufacturing Company9%
Media Company5%
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm7%
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise68%
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IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 9 reviews while Intel Server System is ranked 9th in Rack Servers with 1 review. IBM Power Systems is rated 8.2, while Intel Server System is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of IBM Power Systems writes "Saves the cost of having one person at the data center solely looking at data systems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Intel Server System writes "Stable and easy to manage, but needs better shipment time and local support". IBM Power Systems is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, Oracle SPARC Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and HPE Apollo, whereas Intel Server System is most compared with Oracle SPARC Servers, Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, HPE Apollo and Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers.

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